This guide contains key resources for statistics and data.
Resources are grouped by category, which you can navigate on the left. Each category contains Australian and international resources, some also have historical sources.
There is a special section for information and resources on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Census.
There's a huge amount of statistics out there. There may be other resources, not in this guide, that will be useful for your research.
Start by identifying organisations that might be collecting the types of data you are looking for.
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Source unknown
It is important to evaluate statistical sources and data.
Questions to ask include:
Are the statistics relevant to your research?
Look at the type, depth and time range of data, and consider possible biases.
Are the statistics reliable?
Are they from an authoritative source such as government or a recognised international organisation?
What methodology was used?
Many sources of statistics document the methodology used.